Jacob Murphy has given his first interview after completing his move to Newcastle United.

Like all of his family, the 22 year old is a lifelong Newcastle fan, despite having grown up in London and Norwich.

His mam is from Birtley and dad from Ashington, with the rest of the family from Gateshead, so his Geordie roots are well established.

Jacob Murphy says ‘Having the Newcastle badge on my chest, I can’t think of anything better’, and on this occasion I think we can believe a signing when he says that!

The wide midfielder/winger still of course has it all to prove as he has never played in the Premier League before but he is potentially an exciting player for fans to look forward to, Murphy says he hopes to bring ‘attacking flair, pace, I’m very direct’. Last season that brought him nine goals and six assists, with two of the goals and one assists coming against Newcastle.

Growing up he had many heroes at St James Park, describing Alan Shearer as a ‘God’, whilst in his position, Laurent Robert is another he loved to watch ‘with a wand of a left foot’.

If he gets anywhere near either of those players then Newcastle will have found a real quality signing.

Jacob Murphy talking to NUFC TV:

“It was a childhood dream of mine to come represent Newcastle, I can’t wait to get started.

“A proud moment for myself, my family – everyone crazy crazy Newcastle supporters. So the move to come here was a no-brainer.

“My mother is from Birtley, my dad from Ashington, the rest of my family are from Gateshead. So they have always been Newcastle supporters and that is the team I chose to follow.

“I have been getting messages from them (family) and they are really excited.

“My first Newcastle game – my dad took me and my brother to see Newcastle play PSV in the UEFA Cup (a 2-1 win on 14 April 2004), Alan Shearer and Gary Speed got the goals.

“Laurent Robert with a wand of a left foot, he used to cannon ball everything in. Alan Shearer is just a God.

“Playing last season at St James Park with Norwich, it is just magical. I wanted to be part of that.

“Being at Norwich at the time we were gutted we didn’t win but the passion from the Newcastle fans, you saw what it meant to them.

“I hope to bring attacking flair, pace, I’m very direct, I like to shoot, I like to provide chances for the team.

“Rafa Benitez was a massive influence, it was a no-brainer when the offer came in. If you have the chance to work with him, you would be silly not to say yes.

“Having the Newcastle badge on my chest, I can’t think of anything better.”

  • wheyayeman

    Welcome to the Toon bonny lad!

  • TheNutJob

    Keen isnt he

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  • Antenociticus

    Just the kind of signing we need.
    Let’s hope he can walk the talk. . .

  • goggsy

    You can’t say fairer than that.

  • Leazes Ender

    Alan Shearer isn’t a God he’s a very well paid television pundit.

    • Lord

      Not as well paid as Emmanuel Riviere though.

      • Geordiegiants

        And he doesn’t even do any work.

    • TheNutJob

      has he got a relegation clause 😁😁😁😁

    • Jezza

      He may be a well paid television pundit now but he chose to spend the best years of his career playing for Newcastle United when he could very easily have been elsewhere winning trophies galore and probably earning more money too. Let’s not forget that.

      • Leazes Ender

        It not my fault.

    • Stephen Paylor

      short memory?

  • GC

    I’d rarther have ten of him than an overrated Icelander

    • Swansea price him out of a move, and know without him relegation is certain. Definitely worth 25m in my books, but just not worth paying more.

  • Igo

    Ive got a feeling we’ll sign his brother and it will end up being this generations Robledo brothers!

    • Geordiegiants

      I hope so if they are good enough.

  • Geordiegiants

    Let’s hope he has what it takes. We are all fully well aware that a passionate tub thumping player doesn’t mean they are any good.
    Good luck youngin!

  • Desree

    I think this lad could be the real deal. He definitely has something to work with.

  • Mrkgw

    Great attitude – very best of luck to him! Hope the move works in our favour for the long term.

  • Davey drape

    Taxi driver in Norwich tonight and a Norwich fan says we really git a good player and an ok price

  • Andy Mac

    Good to know NUFC is in his blood. Any more out there ?

    • Geordiegiants

      Yeah his twin brother!

      • Down Under Mag

        Can’t get both this window…if his brother has a good season at Norwich then we may be back in for him too…although no doubt Ashley will have his minions out looking to unsettle him and force through a move on the cheap.

        • Geordiegiants

          If he is any good, then why not? Everyone else does it.

  • Steven05

    Let’s face it – he seems like a nice lad with some ability and potential – and has a fondness for Newcastle United. That’s better than being somebody who refuses to support the club, used to stand in the LEAZES END 3 or 4 decades ago, is constantly negative for the sake of attention, and gets more attention on this forum than he deserves.

  • Leicester Mag

    Surprised by the silence surrounding the loss of Lewis Gibson to Everton. First real promising youngster for a decade and we sell him at 16. Keen to hear the happy clapper positives of this.

    • Wor Monga

      By the term happy clapper…I take it you mean a supporter of the Toon who loves the club and doesn’t spend many hours of his life on here miserably whinging about everything pertaining to it…

      …if the lad wanted away, and it seems he did for whatever reason, then it would have happened anyway, sooner or later…c est la vie …at the moment our priority has to be bringing in players with more experience, and unfortunately he reckoned that would push him back in queue!!!

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        what he means is supporters of the club who will put up with anything the Fat a man does, like downsize it to a championship level with nearly 20 players not fit for purpose
        You being a prime example

        • Wor Monga

          Ashley doesn’t rule my life…I follow the lads on the field, and the manager who carries the can back for their efforts…you’ve whinged on non stop for years now (with your old pal) without altering the running of the club one tiny iota…

          get over yourself, because the team we have got now will try hard for us every time they go out there…whereas you just come over as nothing more than, a ‘dyed in the wool, cheese swallowing’ born loser!!!

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            there’s loyalty & then there’s crass Stupidly, supporting a regime whose sole intention is to bleed the club dry. if you’re stupid enough to go along with that fair enough
            a supporter wants his club to progress & show ambition. you won’t find that at Newcastle United nor will you as long as Ashley’s in place

          • Wor Monga

            ..and quite a few others say getting on for 50,000, at the last game, and there’s about, eh let’s see half a dozen perennial whingers (until the school holidays) on here…

            so,why don’t you just keep on not going near SJP, if you hate it and those that do enjoy going, that much, and let them make their own minds up, eh!…

            it seems that nobody’s missing you, and that Ashley isn’t ruling their constant waking thoughts either !!!

      • Leicester Mag

        Experience being an ex Man City player who while there did not play. Atsu 25 no Premier League experience, an ex Mackem full back who when you strip back the obvious rhetoric most Mackem fans puzzled by. This is not experience this is Ashley again taking a punt. I’m not saying these will flop but this is some way from the experience many feel needed

        • Wor Monga

          Or a 16yr old defender who has never played in the first team, and who thinks that a newly promoted team would blood him by throwing him straight, headfirst into a fight for the right to maintain a future, in the PL…

          …Everton aren’t in that position right now, and Gibson didn’t have enough patience to wait his chance here, but we’ve lost more important players than him over many many years, and we’ve gained important players the same way…

          …it’s football what goes around comes around, so dry your eyes!!!

    • Wor Lass

      Happy clappers being anyone who doesn`t agree with you, eh? We poached Gibson from Boro and now someone else is doing the same thing to us. There`s nothing positive about it but it`s life. Get over it. He wants to go and has the right to do so. I suppose you think we should send Murphy back to Norwich with an apology for being so selfish as to take a player from them who they`ve developed for years plus all those young “wonder kids” (as the Chronic invariably dub them) who we`ve taken from abroad? Thought not.

      • Leicester Mag

        Point is why does he want to leave? If someone 10 years ago would have said our young players would be poached at 16_17 by Everton and/or Spurs most would have laughed. It shows how far we’ve fallen. Personally getting over it and accepting mediocrity isn’t really that appetizing.

        • Wor Lass

          That IS the key question, which is the point I made on another post (on the Chronic). If it`s because he doesn`t think he`ll get a chance to progress to the first team then that`s really bad and reflects more on the coaches and the manager. However, I think things could be changing there – Woodman, Sterry, Roberts and Fernandez are all with the squad in Ireland and I think we`ll see more upward movement as the quality of who we have in the academy improves under Rafa. As for young players being poached by Spurs – remember Sean Murray? He was touted as the best thing in the North East since Bobby Charlton and as soon as he was old enough he went to Spuds (and never made it in the top flight). As I understood it at the time, he went to Spurs because his family were offered massive inducements – maybe this is a similar case. The lad himself certainly wants to go.

  • Wor Monga

    This lad’ll do for me…I was impressed with his maturity, pace and the threat he offered against us up here, last season…he’s obviously got football blood running through his veins coming from Ashington…the birthplace of football royalty!!!

  • Steve Pearce

    So he joins the list of great Newcastle players with Ashington roots. What a bargain and what a player. We’ll soon have him talking properly and he won’t be saying bootiful when he eats his chicken……